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Our most recommended Nevada Canoe & Kayak Tours

Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

1. Emerald Cave: Clear-Bottom Kayak Tour with Optional Shuttle

Start with pickup from one of the resort hotels on the Las Vegas strip and travel towards Willow Beach, Arizona for your guided kayaking tour. Upon arrival at the canyon, receive a quick kayaking lesson from your guide and get ready for your adventure. Enjoy the underwater views through your glass-bottom kayak. Paddle towards Emerald Cave, with a break to stop and admire the fantastic views of the entire canyon. Keep a lookout for wildlife species such as the Desert Big Horn Sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Enter the Emerald Cave and enjoy the tranquility of your surroundings. Take the opportunity to swim in the Colorado River, before heading back to the starting back for your return transfer back to Las Vegas.

Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

2. Willow Beach: Black Canyon Kayak Tour with Guide and Snack

Explore Black Canyon under your own steam on a guided tour. Kayak along the Colorado River, spotting wildlife, such as bald eagles, as you go. Enjoy incredible views of the river and surrounding landscape. Discover the river's history and marvel at the stunning rock formation at Emerald Cave. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help you into your kayak. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon. Continue for about 1 mile, scouring the banks as you go to spot a variety of wildlife, including native desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Then, stop at a historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen as your guide shares the immense history of the river over the past 100 years. Enjoy a snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Emerald Cave Half-Day Kayak Tour

Swap the lights of Las Vegas for one day on a nature day trip and guided kayaking adventure in nearby Arizona. Travel to beautiful Willow Beach, surrounded by steep canyon walls along the Colorado River, the site of your kayaking activity. A great escape into rugged nature for the day. Start with a hotel pickup from the Las Vegas Strip. After arriving at Willow Beach Marina, get fitted for your kayak and away you go with your guide. Paddle north on the crystal clear Colorado River while your guide points out wildlife and geological features in your surroundings. Arrive at the Emerald Cave about 2 miles in — explore the grotto-syle cave with pristine green-colored waters. Remember your waterproof camera, you’ll need it. Next, take a short hike to visit the historical site of the River Gauger's home that overlooks the river for a great photo opportunity and amazing views. Here your guide will share history about the River Gaugers. After a quick pit stop for some snacks and refreshments, head back to the river with cool, flowing water that stays at 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) all year round. Soak up the picturesque natural attractions as you meander your way back to your launching point, before catching your ride back to Sin City.

Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

4. Willow Beach: Emerald Cave and Lake Mead Kayaking Tour

Discover a kayaker’s dream destination – the Emerald Cave and Willow Beach – on this kayaking tour from Las Vegas with a guide and unlimited snacks and drinks. Swim in the cave’s enchanting green water and keep an eye out for wildlife. After meeting your guide, start with a quick kayaking lesson before gearing up and getting on your kayak. When paddling toward Emerald Cave, take a break from kayaking and explore breathtaking views of the entire canyon. Get your cameras ready for the desert bighorn sheep, blue heron, and bald eagles. Marvel at the canyon walls lining Emerald Cave that are 5,000 to 7,000 feet high. During the tour, get the chance to swim in the mystical green water of the Colorado River. When the sun shines at the right angle, reflections off the sediment on the cave walls make the river water look bright green. The outdoor adventure Sherpa shares that the cave's green waters shine the brightest during the spring and summer months. 

From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

5. From Las Vegas: Black Canyon Half-Day Kayak Tour

Following pick-up from your approved hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, escape the city and journey by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter to the start point of your kayak adventure into the Black Canyon. Arrive at Willow Beach and prepare for the day ahead as your guides help fit you into your kayaks. Paddle upstream into the narrow channels of the Black Canyon, and scour the banks to spot a variety of wildlife, including native Desert Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles. Continue for approximately 1 mile, and then stop at an historical overlook for awe-inspiring views of the legendary Colorado River. Listen to an explanation about the immense history of what the river has been used for over the past 100 years. Enjoy a complimentary snack before setting off for the stunning rock formation of Emerald Cave on your way back to the starting point.

Lake Tahoe: Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding Tour

6. Lake Tahoe: Discover Kayaking or Paddleboarding Tour

Enjoy a tour perfect for the beginner who wants to discover kayaking or stand up paddleboarding in a safe learning environment. You will receive a complete and thorough kayak or paddleboard lesson perfect for those with little-to-no prior experience. After your lesson, you will tour Lake Tahoe’s pristine coastline with your guide. More paddling tips as well as natural and human history will be discussed as you cruise through crystal-clear waters. Be mesmerized by the spectacular views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range. As the tour comes to an end, you will head back to the starting point, using your new paddling skills.

From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

7. From Las Vegas: Guided Colorado River Kayak Tour

Spend a day surrounded by clear water and natural landscapes on this guided kayaking tour starting from Las Vegas. Paddle along the Colorado River and see the Emerald Cave. This is a great tour option for both beginners and advanced paddlers alike. This kayaking tour paddles onto the Colorado River at various times in the morning, starting from Las Vegas and taking off into the water at Willow Beach, Arizona. An early morning tour lets you beat the heat and the crowds. The moment the paddle dips into the Colorado River, you'll be transported back in time. Paddle past historic sites of the 1920s era government project that gave life to the desert southwest. Venture into the Black Canyon narrows to explore the river that exists only an hour outside of the busy lights of the Las Vegas strip. Arrive at Emerald Cave and learn how to back up your kayak into the cave to get some unbeatable photos of the emerald green water. The cave itself is the cherry on top of a spectacular afternoon on this picturesque section of the river.

Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak Rental

8. Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak Rental

Begin your kayaking adventure at one of Tahoe’s most relaxed and accessible beaches, Tahoe Vista. A local favorite for decades, this beach provides ample parking, onsite restrooms, plenty of shade, and picnic areas. It is the perfect beach to start your self guided kayaking experience. Once you have your gear, enjoy the calm, clear waters and kayak at your own pace. Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of many local beaches that dot the coastline. Enjoy Lake Tahoe on your own schedule and kayak along the North Shore from King's Beach to Tahoe City or to Crystal Bay in Incline Village, Nevada. Explore for a half day or full day depending on option selected. As your day comes to an end, kayak back to Tahoe Vista and relax on the beach after a great day on the water.

Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

9. Lake Tahoe: Sand Harbor Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

Start your adventure at Sand Harbor, one of Tahoe’s most beautiful beaches. Immerse yourself in a comprehensive kayak or stand up paddle boarding lesson on the beach. Your knowledgeable tour guide will lead you along the pristine coastline that extends from Sand Harbor as you learn about the geology, ecology, and natural and human history of the lake. Navigate over mesmerizing turquoise waters and learn the interesting history of this area along the way. Enjoy a revitalizing midday lunch break on one of the local beaches. After lunch, head back to Sand Harbor with your guide and continue to soak up views of the surrounding Sierra Nevadas.

Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

10. Lake Tahoe: North Shore Kayak or Paddleboard Tour

Embark on a scenic adventure at Lake Tahoe’s North Shore either via kayak or stand up paddleboard. After a quick introductory lesson on shore, head out and start paddling along the pristine coastline. Gaze at the views of the surrounding peaks as you paddle amongst boulders and get a glimpse of some of Tahoe’s most beautiful waterfront homes. Depending on lake conditions, you will paddle along the coast of King's Beach and among the boulders of Crystal Bay, or along scenic coastline towards Carnelian Bay. At midday, take a break at one of the local beaches in the area. Immerse yourself in the natural and human history of this very special alpine lake along the way. After your break, make your way back to the original meeting point with your guide.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 70 reviews

Great experience! Everything was great from start to finish. It was easy to book online, we receive all relevant info 24h ahead. On the day, all was super smooth, the site is beautiful, water and light snacks were provided. But most of all, Max is THE BEST GUIDE IN THE WORLD! :) Super friendly, right on time, proactively gives all the info we need, great at keeping the group together, share info about where we're going + he took loads of photos to share with us!

Such a lovely day. Our guide, Melissa was informative but still allowed for quiet enjoyment of the scenery. She absolutely made the trip. Such a sweet spirit with a true appreciation for the outdoors. Take the early morning trip and ask for her!!

The trip was really amazing and the tour guide Max is an incredible person, my family and me really enjoyed it!

Fantastic day. Max was the best guide ever. Knowledgable, engaging and great fun. Enjoyed the cold swim too!

An amazing day out, great scenery, swimming, exercise and education!